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January 7, 2011 > Washington Hospital 5th Annual Women's Health Conference

Washington Hospital 5th Annual Women's Health Conference

Embrace Health: Feeling and Looking Your Best

It's highly likely that on New Year's Day, many of us resolved to live healthier in 2011. Inspiring and empowering women so that they can make wise decisions about their health is just one of the goals of the upcoming 5th Annual Washington Hospital Women's Health Conference.

Scheduled to take place at Washington Hospital on Saturday, January 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the goal of the conference is to help women feel and look their best.

"This year's event will offer a holistic approach to healthy everyday living," says Deborah Garcia, R.N., M.S.N., Manager of Health Promotion at Washington Hospital. "The conference will focus on how women can better manage mental and physical pain. Moving from a disease model to a wellness model will improve quality of life at any woman's stage of development which is our goal for this conference. We have optimism that the conference will inspire women to embrace a healthy lifestyle and learn valuable tools to be proactive in their overall health."

The keynote address of the conference will be delivered by Dr. Desmond Erasmus, neurosurgeon, and medical director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Program at Washington Hospital. Dr. Erasmus will focus primarily on pain management techniques that women can use to reduce and manage chronic pain. The conference will also feature additional break-out sessions on neck and back pain and pain management therapies.

Mental Health Wellness and Weight Management Sessions

The conference will offer break-out sessions on "Mental Health Wellness," presented by psychiatrist Dr. Sudha Manjunath, and on "Weight Management," presented by registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Anna Mazzei.

Ms. Mazzei will provide nutritional guidance as well as advice to help women change behavioral patterns that can contribute to weight gain.

"My presentation will cover the 'Top Tips for Your Hips,' focusing on making positive changes in your eating and exercise habits," she explains. "The session will be interactive, addressing issues that participants bring up. We'll talk about avoiding high-fat foods, planning your meals and snacks, monitoring yourself with food diaries and weighing, dining out at restaurants, and being a health-smart grocery shopper. We'll also discuss the importance of exercise, proper nutrition and portion control.

"While some women at the conference may not need to lose weight, they still could benefit from healthy lifestyle changes," Ms. Mazzei adds. "That's why I intend to focus on behaviors, rather than weight loss. A lot of times, women will feel better physically and feel better about themselves - even if they don't notice any weight loss - after adopting a healthier lifestyle."

'Skin-Deep' Beauty

The afternoon session of the conference will be devoted to the care and pampering of your body's largest organ - the skin. A professional make-up artist will perform makeovers.

Participants will be able to choose two breakout lecture sessions featuring the following expert speakers:

* Neck and Back Pain - Dr. Jasbir "Jenny" Multani, Neurosurgeon, Washington Hospital Medical Staff

* Pain and Rehabilitation - Dr. Robert Miller, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, Washington Hospital Medical Staff

* Weight Management - Anna Mazzei, R.D., C.D.E., Clinical Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Washington Hospital Healthcare System

* Mental Health Wellness - Dr. Sudha Manjunath, Psychiatrist, Consultant

In addition to expert speakers, the conference will include breakfast, lunch, and a special makeover demonstration.

Women's Health Conference

Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.)
Where: Conrad E. Anderson M.D. Auditoriums, Washington West (2500 Mowry Ave., in Fremont)

For more information about the conference, or to register to attend, visit and click on the link for "5th Annual Women's Health Conference."

To register for the upcoming Women's Health Conference, please call (800) 963-7070 and choose two morning sessions. The $10 fee to attend the conference can be paid at the door. No walk-ins. Space is limited and registration is required.

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